Photo: Mart Vares
Soomaa boasts giant bogs surrounded by forests, both wide and narrow rivers, diverse flood-meadows and flower-filled wooded meadows, where one can enjoy the beauty of untouched nature.
Visitors might know Soomaa best for its great flood or the so-called fifth season, when the water from melted snow or heavy rains floods all the roads and leaves canoes as the only viable vehicle.
If you are headed to the Soomaa National Park via the town of Suure-Jaani, be sure to take a walk on the Hüpassaare Study Trail or explore the primeval forest on the Kuuraniidu boardwalk. However, if you choose the southern route from Viljandi, check out the Suure-Kõpu manor and the Beaver Trail, which starts at the Visitor Centre of the Soomaa National Park and is accessible for both explorers in wheelchairs and hikers with baby prams. Don’t forget to stop by the Riisa Bog Trail where you can enjoy serene silence virtually unknown to city dwellers.
Receding human activity has turned Soomaa into a lovely shelter for smaller and larger birds and animals. The ancient and charming nature of this place is reflected in the traditional aspen logboat, the making of which can be learned in Soomaa.
The Soomaa National Park belongs to the PAN Parks network of protected areas, which focuses on the protection of wilderness.